Canvas Instructor

Copyleaks for Instructors

See our video below for a walkthrough.

See below for a step-by-step guide and more information.


Add the Canvas Plagiarism Framework to the assignment

  1. Log into Canvas as a teacher .

  2. On the left panel of Canvas, select the Courses tab.

  3. Choose the course you would like to add the Canvas Plagiarism Framework to

  4. On the left panel, select Assignments .

  5. Click on the + Assignment button or select an assignment

  6. To add the Canvas Plagiarism Framework, change the assignment Submission Type to Online , and choose one of the following options: Text Entry , File Uploads .

  7. To start using the Canvas Plagiarism Framework, Select Your Copyleaks Tool from the Plagiarism Review section.

  8. Set up your customized plagiarism settings for this assignment.

The Cheat Detection setting now includes our AI Content Detector. To learn more about what a result will look like visit our page here.

  1. Save or Save & Publish your assignment.

    As Canvas may not immediately notify Copyleaks that an assignment has been created, we suggest waiting up to 90 seconds between creating the assignment and making the first submission. This will allow Canvas to notify us that the assignment has been created.

Setting Similarity Report availability

When creating the Assignment, you can choose if and when the Similarity Report will be shown to students.


The Similarity Report will be available for students to view as soon as their submission has been given a plagiarism score (Finished processing on Copyleaks)

After the assignment is graded

The Similarity Report will be able for student viewing once the assignment has been graded in Canvas.

After the due date

The Similarity Report will be available to students when the assignment due date has passed.


The Similarity Report will never be shown to students but will be available for instructors to view when submission has received a plagiarism score from Copyleaks.

Accepted file types and sizes

  • The maximum file size allowed is 25MB.

  • The maximum document length allowed is 2000 pages (500K words).

  • When creating/editing the Assignment, you should Restrict Upload File Types to the file formats below that are supported by Copyleaks.

    • html, txt, csv, rtf, xml, htm, pdf, docx, doc, pptx, ppt, odt, chm, epub, odp, ppsx, pages, xlsx, xls, LaTeX, py, go, cs, c, h, idc, cpp, hpp, c++, h++, cc, hh, java, js, swift, rb, pl, php, sh, m, scala, gif, png, bmp, jpg, jpegcontent_copy

Accessing the Similarity Report

The Similarity Report can be accessed from within SpeedGrader.

  1. Select SpeedGrader from the right-hand side of the assignment.

  2. To view your Similarity Report, click on the percentage that is shown on the right side of the SpeedGrader. For this example, the percentage is 100%.

  3. The similarity report will open in a new tab. Learn more about interpreting the similarity report and results  here .